Okay, do we need to have the Emma Raducanu conversation yet?

Withdrawn from the Nottingham tournament with another niggling injury earlier this month, doubtful for Wimbledon… the knives are well and truly out in force for the US Open champion. Are these high expectations and criticism justified, or should we err on the side of patience? Continue reading

Alexander Zverev undergoes surgery on torn ligaments after French Open semi-final fall

Alexander Zverev leaves the court with crutches as he retires from the match after sustaining an injury during the men's singles semifinal match...

The 25-year-old, who reached a new career-high world ranking #2 this week, will be sidelined for several months after undergoing surgery on the multiple torn ligaments in his right foot – sustained during his French Open semi-final vs. eventual champion Rafael Nadal last Friday. Continue reading

French Open: Nadal eases past first-time finalist Ruud, wins record-extending 14th RG trophy

Rafael NADAL of Spain celebrates his victory with the Musketeers Cup after the men's final, on day fifteen of Roland Garros on June 5, 2022 in Paris,...

Rafael Nadal recovered from a potentially precarious 3-1 second set deficit, winning eleven consecutive games and losing just eight points across the course of a 30-minute set three as the 36-year-old closed out an impressive straight-sets victory (6-3, 6-3, 6-0) over first-time Major finalist Casper Ruud, making more history with a record-extending 14th Roland Garros title.
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French Open: Swiatek strolls into second Major final, plays record-breaker Gauff Saturday

Iga Swiatek of Poland celebrates her victory over Daria Kasatkina of Russia in the semi-finals of the women's singles at Roland Garros on June 02,...

Despite being 2-2 at one stage in the first season, world no. 1 Iga Swiatek wasted no time extending her remarkable winning streak to 34 with a 6-2, 6-1 win over first-time semi-finalist Daria Kasatkina. She faces Coco Gauff in Saturday’s final, whose mental toughness and composure was key as the teenager eventually overwhelmed an error-prone Martina Trevisan. Continue reading

French Open: Trevisan, Gauff win big; Zverev swarms Alcaraz before Nadal outlasts Djokovic

May 31. Winner Rafael Nadal of Spain is congratulated at the net by Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Court Philippe Chatrier during the singles Quarter...

There will be two first-time semi-finalists on Thursday after big wins for Martina Trevisan and Coco Gauff during an eventful day session. Alexander Zverev showed nerves of steel, beating his first top-10 player at a Major and up next? Rafael Nadal, after the 13-time champion won a rollercoaster four-set battle against world no. 1 Novak Djokovic, finishing after 1am local time.
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French Open 2022: Djokovic-Nadal, Zverev-Alcaraz QFs set for Tuesday after contrasting wins

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates match point against Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada during the Men's Singles Fourth Round match on Day 8 of The 2022...

Four of the world’s top six, including the defending champion and 13-time tournament winner, are safely into Tuesday’s quarter-finals. Following straight-set victories for Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev, Felix Auger-Aliassime pushed Rafael Nadal to the brink during a pulsating five-set encounter, before Carlos Alcaraz outsmarted Karen Khachanov in the night session.
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French Open 2022: Zverev, Tsitsipas and Alcaraz survive scares – but for how long?

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates against Zdenek Kolar of Czech Republic during the Men's singles Second Round on Day Five of the 2022 French...

This year’s Major marks the first Grand Slam since Wimbledon 2011 where the men’s top 12 seeds have all advanced through into round three – but it was certainly a gritty battle particularly for three of the favourites, one having to save match point, two being down 2-0 and recovering in five. How will that impact their chances of a deep run over the next nine days? Continue reading

French Open 2022: Swiatek, Nadal, Djokovic all progress; Krejcikova, Kontaveit ousted

Iga Swiatek of Poland celebrates her victory over Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine in the first round of the women's singles at Roland Garros on May 23,...

There were routine R1 wins for the sport’s two world no. 1s, sandwiched between a welcome return for the King of Clay. Elsewhere, the women’s defending titlist was stunned by a determined Frenchwoman on home soil, before two Major winners almost 15 years apart in age both showed steely resilience, recovering from precarious situations to seal their R2 berths. Continue reading

French Open 2022: Gauff grits through R1 on opening day; Jabeur, Muguruza crash out

Garbine Muguruza of Spain looks on against Kaia Kanepi of Estonia in their first round match during the 2022 French Open at Roland Garros on May 22,...

Four seeds fell on Day 1 at this year’s French Open, but none bigger than 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza – despite being a set and 3-2 up against Kaia Kanepi. Ons Jabeur similarly lost from a commanding position against Magda Linette, though the youngster who beat the Tunisian here in R4 last year showed edge to progress without playing well. Read on for more. Continue reading

French Open 2022: Divisive draws announced, as Djokovic-Nadal-Alcaraz in same half

Rafael Nadal of Spain signs autographs after a practice session at Roland Garros on May 21, 2022 in Paris, France.

Ahead of Sunday’s first-round flurry of matches across both ATP and WTA circuits, an unbalanced men’s draw has predictably caused quite a stir before the year’s second Major. Read on to see which particular players will be fancying their chances of a deep run over the next fortnight on clay, while other rivals in different sections will be rueing their lack of luck… Continue reading

Following his Rome exploits, is Djokovic peaking at the right time to defend his title?

Novak Djokovic kisses the trophy during the Internazionali BNL D'Italia 2022 Final match between Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas on May 15,...

It had been 190 days – six months and nine days – since Novak Djokovic last won an ATP singles title before lifting the Rome Masters trophy for a record-extending sixth time by overwhelming Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday. Given the whirlwind half-year the Serbian has experienced, does the past week prove he’s peaking at the right time to defend his Roland Garros crown next?
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